MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The knowledge and skills of epidemiology and biostatistics are crucial for many careers in public health research including disease control and prevention, health care delivery, and health management.  The epidemiology and biostatistics emphasis area provides epidemiologic knowledge about the distribution and determinants of disease and other health-related conditions in human populations, and develops the methodological and analytical skills for study design and analysis of data.  Graduates are qualified for health service or research positions in local health departments, hospitals, nursing homes, academic institutions, industries, and government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Students in the epidemiology and biostatistics emphasis area are also are eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Public Health and Master in Anthropology dual degree.





DPH 622         Epidemiology
DPH 623         Biostatistics*
DPH 625         Health Administration
DPH 655         Environmental Health
DPH 656         Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
DPH 611         Internship 3-9 hours


DPH 620         Chronic Disease Epidemiology
DPH 680         Research Methods
DPH 685         Contemporary Issues in Health or approved elective
DPH 722         Infectious Disease Epidemiology
DPH 723         Biostatistics II*
DPH 785         Data Management and Analysis in Public Health*
DPH 793         Advanced Biostatistics Methods for Public Health*


DPH 623   Must successfully complete one course in statistics (DPH 440) prior to enrollment
DPH 723   Must successfully complete DPH 623 prior to enrollment
DPH 785   Must successfully complete DPH 623 prior to enrollment
DPH 793   Must successfully complete DPH 623 and DPH 723 prior to enrollment

MPH Epidemiology & Biostatistics Emphasis Area Competencies (revised Fall 2009)

  1. Describe common communicable and chronic diseases affecting humans
  2. Describe emerging and new infectious diseases
  3. Apply different epidemiologic study designs
  4. Apply epidemiologic  tools to investigate an outbreak
  5. Understand and recommend for vaccines
  6. Apply descriptive and inferential statistical tools for problem solving
  7. Understand and apply techniques of analysis of variance in data analysis
  8. Understand and apply techniques of regression analysis in problem solving
  9. Understand and apply techniques of common parametric and non-parametric techniques in data analysis
  10. Apply statistical software, such as SPSS and SAS, for data entry, analysis, and interpretation
  11. Describe process of designing an epidemiologic study
  12. Describe steps of writing a research proposal
  13. Design a questionnaire
  14. Learn ethical principles in research
  15. Explain steps for communicating epidemiological information to lay and professional audiences